More than half of students from low‑income households
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H.E.L.P. Healthy Exercises for Learning and Play
My students need 25 backpacks! Physical Education homework can be fun.
Backpacks, backpacks...we need backpacks! As a physical education teacher I am always encouraging my students to be more active at home. My main responses are: "But, Mrs. McDonald I don't have a yard" or "My parents say it's too dangerous for me to play outside."
Unfortunately, my students do not have the financial privileges that most children their age are blessed with.
They are very bright, energetic, and often misunderstood. I say misunderstood because they are often lethargic, sick, depressed, unmotivated, overweight, and sometimes hyperactive because of the lack of exercise and proper diet in their life. I believe this is in part to the lack of good nutrition and daily physical activity that should be present in their homes.
While getting up for an early workout this summer my four year old ran in the room and said "Mommy please play UNO with me". I said "yes". I remember thinking UNO...you need to be playing something way more active than UNO. Then the light bulb moment. Why not make family oriented games that are for physical activity. That's when the idea of H.E.L.P. came to be. I designed 3 inside games, made a dancing C.D., and a nutrition book to each pack. I also have included a log and disposable camera. The students from one class will check out the backpacks and take them home for the week. The object is to get 30 minutes of activity and/or 30 minutes of reading about nutrition per day. If they get all five days signed and a picture taken of them doing their activity, then their names go into a drawing for a $100.00 gift card from Toys R Us. I am hoping the monetary incentive will get the parents on board as well.
My vision is that these backpacks will not only change my students health and well-being but increase the quality of life for the entire family unit.
By encouraging the entire family to participate, I have confidence that these backpacks could influence so many lives.
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